Alvinston Indians Win Game 4 in Extra Innings to Force Game 6
wednesday september 25, 2013
The Alvinston Indians staved off elimination again, after a marathon 7-6 ten inning win, with the international tie-breaker rule deciding the game, in Fingal on Tuesday evening.
Both pitchers, Nic Goetz for Shedden and Kyle Crawford for Alvinston pitched all ten innings in the contest, both pitching their guts out for their respective teams.
The game was tied 2-2 after seven innings, when Alvinston put together a big eighth inning. Joe Triest led off with a single, and Ty Sebastian reached base via an error, putting Indians runners at third and second base with no one out. Shedden then loaded the bases putting Indian Jamie Shields at first via an intentional walk. Goetz then retired the next two Indians batters via a strikeout, bringing Indians first baseman Ryan Chapman to the plate. The veteran slugger did not disappoint, as he hammered a triple into the gap scoring all three runners, and putting the Indians up big, 5-2.
The Indians went out in the eighth inning needing three outs for the win. They recorded the first out when Jason Dawdy singled. They then got the second out via a strikeout. Catcher Curtis Cornelius then singled to keep the inning alive. That brought Shedden outfielder Cassidy North to the plate, and he did the unthinkable, crushing the first offering he faced over the right center field fence to tie the game, and stunned the Indians. The game was now 5-5 after eight innings.
After no progress by either team in the ninth inning, the game was forced into the international tie breaker rule in the tenth inning. Sebastian started at second base, but Shedden recorded the first out via a strikeout. With one out, Indians shortstop Aaron Stocking turned in an impressive at bat, eventually earning a walk for his 11 pitch at bat. The next batter was Brad Cooper who singled up the middle to score Sebastian and the go ahead run, and Stocking ended up at third base and Cooper at second. In an attempt to get an extra run in the inning, Stocking tried to go home after a wild pitch, but was called out, for the second out of the inning. But Chapman came to the plate again and muscled a double into the gap to score Cooper, the eventual winning run in the inning. Shedden was able to score one run in their half of the tenth inning, but the game ended in a 7-6 win for the Indians.
Joe Triest was 4/5 for the Indians, while Brad Cooper was 3/5, and Chapman was 2/5 with the two clutch hits late in the game that drove in four runs. Alix Chisholm also hit a solo home run for the Indians earlier in the game, to help them to extend the series, to what will be a fifth and deciding game.
Game five goes Thursday night in Alvinston at 8pm. It should be an exciting contest, as the first four games have all been a one run differential.